A US judge has moved to dismiss a case between Apple and Motorola scheduled to start next Monday after he said the damages being sought by both firms were unreasonable.
The trial related to accusations by Apple that Motorola had infringed four of its patents in several devices including the Droid smartphone and Xoom tablet while Motorola was accusing Apple of one patent infringement.
However, trial judge Richard Posner has said he is unsure it is worth proceeding.
"I have tentatively decided that the case should be dismissed with prejudice because neither party can establish a right to relief," he said in his ruling.
Posner explained that he believed neither side could prove the alleged infringements were strong enough to require the court to take action and so it would be "contrary to the public interest" to proceed with the trial, although his decision is not final.
"I will delay entry of judgment until I have prepared a full opinion, because in the course of that preparation I may change my mind."
Posner added that he hoped to provide his full explanation next week.
V3 contacted Apple and Motorola for comment on the decision but had received no reply at time of publication.
The case would have been the first time Motorola was put under the legal spotlight since it first officially became a part of Google after the $12.5bn acquisition was cleared by all relevant national authorities.
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